Nick Beard appointed non-executive director at Deontics

Artificial intelligence health company adds board member to promote growth in evidence-based and personalised medicine markets in US and UK markets

London – 12th October: Clinically-led artificial intelligence (AI) company Deontics has announced Nick Beard as a non-executive director, adding to its growing pool of strategic health, science, and technology expertise.

Beard is a physician and former hospital chief information officer. Over a 30 year career, he has held numerous senior executive positions at leading electronic health records and clinical guidelines companies in both the US and UK. He will work closely with the Deontics executive team to help shape the future strategy of the company and the marketing of its state-of-the-art clinical pathways and decision modelling products into payer, provider and B2B healthcare IT markets.

The company provides pioneering AI technology which acts as a clinical ‘sat nav’ by integrating evidence-based guidelines with individual patient data, providing dynamic, personalised treatment recommendations at the point of care.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr. Guy Wood-Gush, CEO of Deontics said: “Nick brings a long history of industrial and academic experience across healthcare informatics and clinical guidelines, and will contribute materially towards the further development of our company. This is a significant appointment at a positive time in our growth.”

Based in Seattle, Nick was SVP of Strategy at Milliman Care Guidelines, sold to the Hearst Corporation; CMO at the Healthy Communities Institute, sold to Xerox Corporation, and CMO and VP of health informatics and product marketing at IDX, which was sold to GE for $1.2bn. While at IDX, Nick was the principal investigator on the SAGE project, working to develop a universal clinical pathways technology; collaborating with leading centres, Stanford University, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Nebraska and Intermountain Healthcare.
“I believe Deontics can become the technology of choice for organisations that work to disseminate clinical best practice in a way that fully leverages the spread of electronic health records,” said Beard. “This position is at the heart of what I have been working on for most of my career. Deontics has the right technology, talent and vision of where the industry needs to go next to deliver personalised, evidence-based care.”

Beard added: “UK and US health industries share the challenge of producing high quality, affordable care. Delivering clinical best practice while managing cost is often seen as a dichotomy. However, by putting evidence-based clinical guidance into the hands of clinicians, costs of care are often lower while outcomes are improved. This is what Deontics can support, for clinicians and patients.”

This appointment is the latest milestone for the company since it spun-out of the University of Oxford, University College London and Cancer Research UK just two years ago. Deontics is already delivering new pathways for large NHS trusts, has built a lung cancer system for a global pharmaceutical company, and is supplying technology to several leading international IT companies.

Beard’s teaching experience has seen him lecture on clinical informatics across the globe at Stanford University’s Medical Informatics Department, the University of Washington, the National University of Singapore, and Glasgow University. He is currently assistant clinical professor at Oregon Health & Science University, and regularly lectures at the University of California at Berkeley.

Beard qualified in medicine at St George’s Medical School, London, and has a Masters of Science degree in software engineering from Imperial College.

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About Deontics
Deontics provides personalised clinical decision support software that is the result of long-term academic research in medical artificial intelligence (AI) originating at Carnegie Mellon University, and subsequently developed at the Medical Research Council, University of Oxford, University College London and Cancer Research UK.

Deontics was founded to incorporate concepts rooted in cognitive science, AI and medical informatics into day-to-day clinical decision making in order to improve the quality of medical care in the UK and throughout the world.

Deontics provides clinically-led AI for healthcare providers, payers and patients that delivers personalised clinical decision support for quality patient outcomes. A clinical ‘sat nav’ for personalised care, it integrates clinical good practice at national and local level with individual patient information directly into the patient pathway in a visually effective user interface. Use of Deontics systems throughout a network of hospitals and primary care clinicians can greatly enhance the quality of integrated care as well as the quality of individual specific clinical decisions.

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Media contacts
Chris Marsom, Highland Marketing (on behalf of Deontics)
Tel: +44 (0) 1877 332719
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Company contacts
For further information contact:
Dr. Guy Wood-Gush, CEO, Deontics Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0) 7725 333835